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Happy/Healthy Holidays

So what do you most regret about last year’s celebrations? Remind yourself now so you can intentionally do something, one thing, different this year! I hate buffets. Anytime food is “laid out” I know that I run a high risk of eating too much and poorly. Note to self, “Be awake when you make your… Read more »

Chilled Beet Borscht

Ingredients 16 ounces canned beets, with juice ¾ cup buttermilk 1/3 cup nonfat sour cream 1 tablespoon orange juice, frozen concentrate 1 teaspoon onion, chopped Directions Combine all ingredients in food processor, reserving 2 tablespoons of sour cream. Process smooth and serve in chilled bowls with a dollop of sour cream. NOTE:  The calories are… Read more »

Costa Rican Soup

Ingredients 1 ½ cups tomato juice, unsalted ½ cup carrot, grated 2 tablespoons celery, minced 2 tablespoons chives , minced 3 tablespoons onion, minced 2 tablespoons green bell pepper, minced 1/8 teaspoon black pepper ¼ teaspoon honey 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, minced 1/3 cup buttermilk Directions Place tomato juice in a sauce pan and bring… Read more »

Tortilla Soup

Ingredients 5-6 inch corn tortillas, chopped ¼ cup onions, chopped 1 ½ T. minced garlic 1/3 cup chopped Roma tomatoes ¼ tsp. Ground cumin ¼ tsp. Chili powder 1 1/3 c. low sodium chicken stock pinch fresh ground black pepper 2 Tablespoons green chili, chopped ½ tsp. Nonfat sour cream for garnish for each serving… Read more »

Chicken Chimichurri

Ingredients 6 Tablespoons minced parsley 3 Tablespoons minced cilantro 1 teaspoon each: minced garlic, minced jalepeno, minced onion 2 teaspoons capers Pinch dried red chile flakes 2 Tablespoons red wine vinegar 3 Tablespoons olive oil Directions This recipe will serve 3- 4, but if you make more, it will keep in the refrigerator for up… Read more »

Grilled Summer Fruits

Ingredients Peaches, Nectarines, Apricots or…use your imagination! Directions This particular treatment of fruit is best done with slightly under ripe or barely ripe fruit. Cut each fruit in half; brush each surface with olive oil (using a little nut oil such as walnut oil gives it even more complexity of flavors) and a little balsamic… Read more »